There are a few NFL teams that have lost seasons, and they need to start planning for the future not.
In Tennessee, Titans Owner Bud Adams has requested that back-up Quarterback Vince Young be inserted into the starting lineup, as the team fell to 0-6 with an embarrassing loss to New England. Head Coach Jeff Fisher has stood beside veteran Kerry Collins, and will continue to start Collins for the time being. (Editor’s Note #2: As of Thursday 10/29, Coach Jeff Fisher has decided to go with Vince Young as the starter.)
In Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers like what they have seen out of Quarterback Josh Johnson, but they are still winless. They drafted Josh Freeman in the first round in this past year’s draft, figuring him to be the future of the franchise. However, the team all of the sudden begins to think that Johnson might truly be their quarterback of the future. (Editor’s Note: So after about an hour of writing this article, Tampa Bay has decided to start rookie Quarterback Josh Freeman.)
In Carolina, Head Coach John Fox continues to stick with Jake Delhomme at quarterback, despite the ever-rising number of turnovers that he is producing. For the first time since 2003, Fox actually wavered that he may soon make a change at quarterback. Instead, he will choose to stick by his man, over backups A.J. Feeley and Matt Moore.
While these are just three examples of teams sticking with a certain quarterback, these teams need to begin to see what else they have on the depth chart. The Titans need to see if Vince Young is capable of being the starting quarterback, or if they might need to move him in the offseason.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to see if their money was well worth it when they drafted Josh Freeman. If your team is going nowhere, and you used a first round pick, its time to see what the new guy has.
In Carolina, Jake Delhomme has been the best quarterback in the franchise’s history, but you need to see if the guys you have on the roster could be an answer, specifically with Matt Moore, who went 2-1 in 2007, when Delhomme suffered the elbow injury.
In all three of these cases, Delhomme, Collins, and Johnson could still end up starting in 2010. However, it is time to see if you need to plan on spending a high draft choice on a future quarterback now, or continue to develop one of the guys you have now.
So instead of leading your franchise into purgatory by sticking with the veteran a little too long, with all three team’s seasons being lost, look to the future now rather than in the future, when you could be winning.